Maybe over the summer I’ll overhaul the software running the site and get new Captcha and other anti-spam measures installed. But in the meantime the system of requiring people email me, convincing me that they’re human, does a good job of keeping the spammers out. (At the cost of discouraging casual visitors from posting, which is a significant negative.)
But there are some spammers who employ people, presumably from developing countries (I could check where they’re posting from, but I don’t bother), to get around such systems. Fortunately, most of these fail the Turing test (or maybe the Turing test is too low a bar for determining intelligence).
Here is a typical email from a human spammer:
i am with u to work against spammers, would u pls activate my account?
The user profile includes a link to a YouTube video advertising a blender.
On the plus side, many of the responses from real people are quite humorous in their innovative ways to convince me of their humanity (e.g., tales of their seven ex-wives being willing to testify that they are all too human and fallible, or an inordinate fondness for fly fishing being proof.)
There’s no point to this post, other than the thought that some of you might wonder what kind of messages get through to me.